Staff Biologist

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Natural Resources/Biology/Ecology
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About the opportunity

SWCA Environmental Consultants is looking for a Staff Biologist to join our Houston, TX office. 


Position eligible for remote work 20% of the time and reports to our company office in Houston, TX. Position requires up to 80% domestic travel. A key element of your job will be to independently supervise environmental survey crews in the field.

What you will accomplish

The selected candidate will be responsible for:

  • Analyzing and managing environmental data and reports to ensure regulatory compliance as it relates to wildlife, air, water, soil, hazardous wastes, and other environmental media.
  • Performing environmental surveys through data collection and mapping in the field in accordance with the United State Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) manual.
  • Preparing detailed scientific reports that present research and data findings under the supervision of a Project Manager or Supervisor.
  • Communicating requirements and procedures to site employees, contractors, and oversees work activities of field crews.
  • Working independently on standard tasks, under the direction of a Project Manager.
  • Applying extensive knowledge of local, federal, and state environmental laws and regulations as it relates to natural resources, and implores guidelines to job.
  • Writing and presenting deliverable sections to clients that include best management practices (BMP), regulatory summary letter, and finalized reports under direction of the Project Manager.
  • Mobilizing field crews and equipment, coordinates land access, field crew progress, and communicates with client or agency as directed by Project Manager.
  • Training junior staff.
  • Overseeing the implementation of the safety plan in the field.

Experience and qualifications for success

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Botany, Environmental Science, Ecology, or related field.

  • Two (2) years of related experience, which must include some experience in each of the following skills:

    • Data Collection and analysis using ArcGIS Field Maps, ArcGIS Collector, Topographic Maps, and Global Positioning System Geo devices to identify and delineate waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) in accordance with United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) guidelines

    • EPA Science Models and Research Tools (SMART) for conducting environmental research

    • Laboratory soil sampling with Web Soil Survey v3.0

    • Phase 1 Site Assessment and ASTM E1527-21 standard practices

    • Watershed and Groundwater monitoring; and Regulatory Environmental Compliance with CWA and CERCLA.


SWCA Environmental Consultants is a growing employee-owned firm, providing a full-spectrum of environmental services. With offices across the United States, SWCA is one of the largest environmental compliance firms and ranks among Engineering News-Record’s Top 200 Environmental Firms.


SWCA is committed to salary equity and salary transparency for all its employees.  In alignment with this commitment, SWCA posts good faith pay ranges on all its advertised job postings to promote pay equity and transparency.


An employee in this Houston, Texas-based position can expect a pay rate of $54,662/year to $65,520/year. Actual pay within this range may depend on experience, qualifications, geographic location, client requirements where applicable, and other factors permitted by law. Regular-status employees are also eligible for performance bonuses. Candidates are also encouraged to consider SWCA’s Total Rewards package, which includes a competitive Benefits package, forward-thinking workplace flexibility, outstanding corporate culture, award-winning career development, and more.



If you would like to contact SWCA regarding the accessibility of our website or need assistance completing the online application process due to a disability, please email or call 1-480-581-5378. This contact information is for disability accommodation requests only. All other inquiries will not receive a response. 


EOE - women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply



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